July 30, 2013
Planning for Scioto County Fair Flower Show
Representatives of area Garden Clubs met with Carolyn Wilcox and Pam Scarfpin, Fair Flower Show Chairmen to review plans for the upcoming Fair Flower Shows. The first show will open on Monday afternoon, August 5. The second show will be presented on Thursday afternoon, August 8. Both shows will be in conjunction with rules from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Details are important, as a floral design show is a competitive environment and time schedules are important, as there are two shows. The designs and horticulture for Monday, must be in place by 11:00 AM and everything must be removed by no later than 4:00 PM Wednesday. The new show for Thursday must be in place by 11:00 AM. Judging for both shows will take place promptly at 11:00 AM both days.
The theme for the 2013 Scioto County Fair Flower show will be “Here Come the Bride & Her Groom”. Entry to the shows is open to everyone and will be judged for awards by approved judges from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Each show will feature a design and a horticulture section. Any designer wishing to participate in either show may contact Carolyn Wilcox a (740) 776-4453, to register. Exhibitors are encouraged to read the rules.
Garden Club members will be available for assistance all through the week. Design place cards will be provided and winners will be awarded ribbons.
Slocum Garden Club
Beverley Norman of the Slocum Garden Club was named Amateur Gardener of the Year, in Region 10 by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. How does a garden qualify for this honor? Members of the Slocum Garden Club were treated to a tour of the Norman gardens in June to find the answer.
Her garden is divided into themed areas providing a pleasing variety. Succulents and pots filled with coleus, ferns, caladiums and rare plants grace porches, walkways, and stairs. Award winning gardens reflect a gradual and methodical approach to a never-finished product. Purists choose to duplicate others, such as classic European gardens; others follow their own instincts - a garden of native plants or a garden incorporating wildlife. Norman’s garden is home to her pet rabbits, a variety of domesticated birds, and provides a cool respite for her five dogs. Visitors find two raised gardening beds, one filled with herbs; the other a fairy garden crafted of miniatures along with numerous varieties of lilies, dahlias, roses and sunflowers. .
A State Amateur Gardener of the Year will be named by OAGC at their August convention.
President Mary Lou Beaumont conducted a brief business meeting, receiving various reports. Karen Beasley advised that the club had donated 55 horticulture books to the Portsmouth Public Library. Rose Mary Montavon reported on work at Best Care in Wheelersburg, where members, working with the Adult Program have assisted with an herb garden. The garden has been so successful that many of the plants will be entered in the Scioto County Fair Horticulture Show. Club members will be participating at the Flower Show with 22 artistic designs in addition to the potted plants.
Beaumont also presented a short program on the care of African violets. African violets are a popular houseplant, although they are particular. Beaumont stressed that violets require consistency with light, water, atmosphere, temperature, growing medium and fertilizer. Given all these items in the correct order, your violets will thrive and produce non-stop blooms.
Plans were made to attend the Jackson Apple Festival in September and new officers will be installed. New members are always welcomed.
Portsmouth Garden Club
The June meeting of the Portsmouth Garden Club was held at All Saints Church in Portsmouth and the program featured Kaye Sowards, Scioto County Soil & Water Conservationist. Sowards spoke about “Conservation Gardening” – A Celebration of Natural Beauty & Building a Better Ecosystem. Traditional landscaping is costly and labor intensive. Gardeners use 10x as much pesticides as commercial farmers and fertilizers from lawn run-off pollutes our waterways. Forest areas absorb 10x as much rainfall as lawns, preventing erosion and many invasive plants are purchased as ornamentals. The solution is a more naturalistic garden, using native plants and lots of trees.
Native plants require less pesticides and fertilizer. Gardeners should plant densely and in layers for better water retention and less weeds. More plants mean less lawn, and less mowing.
Alison Barrett presided at the business meeting and reports were provided. Money was allocated for purchases of stone and shrubs for Tracey Park and Greenlawn Cemetery. The club will nominate Sue Burke for an award in “Make a Difference Workday”. Members will be participating at the Scioto County Fair Flower Show.
The September meeting is scheduled for the 10th, with installation of officers.